The Maitreyayana Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 4, April 2018
My physical exercise baselines broke to 225 on 18 Feb 18. I’m on schedule, and can reasonably forsee reaching 234 this month, and 243, GOAL, in May. At this stage in the game, however, all such assertions must be followed by a big “Insh’Allah” (God Willing). This is obligatory. The power of Maya (the universal power of delusion) always peaks towards the end of such vrats, and only the Lord can save one from her disasterous and chaotic shenanigans.
Music Repertoire Redirection
For the nonce, I will continue my current schedule of music from the Meher Baba Singalong Book on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and Hawaiian material on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Aloha Friday. But the source of my Hawaiian repertoire will now change radically. I am throwing out the He Mele Aloha songbook, and moving to Na Himeni o ka Ekalesia, the official Hawaiian-language hymnal of the United Church of Christ, Hawai’i Conference (1999). The lyrics in this are exclusively Hawaiian, but it has very developed indexes of Hawaiian to English titles and first lines (and vice versa) which allow me to draw search strings to find the English lyrics, and in many cases, ‘ukelele chords, online. This is not wierd Hawaiians-only stuff, please! The majority of it is direct translations out of the traditional and some current American Protestant repertoire. But I work from the Hawaiian side because Hawaiian is a first-class sacred language, and I want the spiritual transmission in it. Therefore, all this repertoire will be sung in both Hawaiian and English (Except the Queen’s Prayer, which I simply cannot sing in English).
Of Kawaiaha’o Church’s Incoming Kahu, Kenneth Makuakane
The introductory material on that page says:
Kenneth Makuakāne has received more than 150 nominations and a total of 14 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, the Hawaiʻi equivalent of the Grammy Awards. He is the leader of the Pandanus Club, a multi-award winning group, and the composer of over 1,500 songs, some recorded by the Brothers Cazimero, Nā Leo Pilimehana, Kapena, the Pandanus Club, and Amy Hānaiali’i Gilliom.
Makuakane is also a very qualified Kahu (Pastor). I first heard him speak at Kawaihao Church on Easter Sunday this year. This guy is a bona fide charismatic character, and he really knows how to work a crowd. The special bulletin issued with the Easter 2018 Worship Service program says this about his pastoral work:
Kahu … is Conference Minister and Spiritual Leader to our Hawaiian Churches. He is also the Commissioned Minister for Church Vitality Hawaiian Conference, UCC (United Church of Christ). Kahu Ken plans to begin his ministry at Kawaiaha’o Church on May 6th, 2018.
Kahu is truly a professional. This Easter had to be one of the first times, if not THE first time, that he got ahold of the pulpit in this Church that he’s not yet truly the Pastor of, and after the obligatory shucking and jiving and joke-telling, the first thing that came out of his mouth, from a dead-serious demeanor and far-away eyes, was “What is this Church about? You belong to The. Church. Of. CHANGE !!! (Dead silence for 30 beats). So the critical trance anchor got planted in the fertile soil of the mass mind of what is probably the most vital Christian Church in Hawaii. The next riff was, “When the grass is greener on the other side, that means that it’s time to make your own grass green again, no? Sure, that’s what we’re DOING HERE, NO?” I’ve severely edited this riff, which at any rate was greeted with a scattered chorus of the most tentative and back-slid noises that I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s going to be “a journey” folks! Count on it!
I took Communion with the Congregation at Kawaiaha’o Church for the second Easter in a row, and on the way out I greeted the Pastor of a Protestant Church for the first time in my life, saying: “I think you’re what this Church needs. I’m looking forward to great new change!” He just replied by saying “Yes!” with a smile.
Kawaiaha’o Church is the only Christian Church that I’ve ever felt comfortable in in my life, and I don’t think anything could change that, including the kind of organizational and motivational crisis that has obviously been going on there between this Easter and last in my absence. Whether I finally choose to become a formal member remains to be seen. What should and must be said and written is that I will never, EVER consider joining any other Christian Church. Never! (I don’t have to know what they do and say in my absence, when I can read them at a glance from the way they interact at a meeting. This is a group that I can trust to be who they are, which is as good as it ever gets with human beings).
For some personal observations about the background of Kawaiaha’o Church, please see this page: 2017 Easter Mass at Kawaiaha’o Church.
Maitreya Meher Namo Namo,